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SunPower closing 700MW Fab 2 with 2,500 job losses
7 Dec 2016 at 2:11pm
High-efficiency PV module producer and project developer SunPower has announced further restructuring plans that include the closure of its 700MW, IBC solar cell plant in the Philippines and a 25% reduction in its global workforce.



SPONSORED: Improving commercial system CAPEX with longer strings
5 Dec 2016 at 11:47am
The industry is increasingly turning to 1500V systems to improve BoS costs but SolarEdge's Lior Handelsman suggests a more tried and tested approach.



Top 5 solar module manufacturers in 2016
23 Nov 2016 at 2:05pm
PV Tech can reveal the preliminary Top 5 solar module manufacturers in 2016, based as usual on final shipment guidance from third quarter financial results.



Talesun supplying modules to 96MW US PV power plant from Thailand facility
9 Dec 2016 at 4:32pm
Integrated PV module manufacturer Zhongli Talesun Solar, part of Zhongli Science and Technology said it was supplying 96MW modules from its production plant in Thailand to ColGreen North Shore for a single PV power plant in California, US.



Movers & Shakers: Heraeus, SMA Solar, Inovateus Solar and SPI Energy
9 Dec 2016 at 1:29pm
Heraeus Photovoltaics president, Andreas Liebheit has been appointed as the vice chairman of the Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association (APVIA), which was founded in Singapore in 2011.



UK shows ‘considerable confidence’ in energy storage as 3.2GW win capacity contracts
9 Dec 2016 at 1:27pm
The number of battery storage projects to have won 15-year contracts in the UK’s latest Capacity Market auction is a sign of “considerable confidence” in the technology, according to the director of the Electricity Storage Network.



First Solar commissions 250MW Silver State South project
9 Dec 2016 at 12:59pm
First Solar and offtaker NextEra Energy have officially commissioned the 250MW Silver State South PV project.



India officially launches 1GW rooftop tender
9 Dec 2016 at 12:22pm
The Indian Government has launched its 1GW tender for rooftop solar projects on top of its property portfolio.



Sungrow receives UL approval on in-house inverter testing operations
9 Dec 2016 at 12:10pm
Major PV inverter manufacturer Sungrow Power Supply said its inverter testing centre in China has been qualified by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), to participate in the UL Witness Testing Data Program (WTDP).



Neo Solar Power cites deferred orders for slump in November sales
9 Dec 2016 at 11:56am
Taiwan-based merchant cell and module producer Neo Solar Power (NSP) reported an unexpected slump in November sales after several months of recovery, which was said to be due to deferred customer orders.



Nautilus Solar acquires 7.4MW solar development project in Massachusetts
9 Dec 2016 at 2:00am
Solar project developer Nautilus Solar announced Thursday that it has acquired a 7.4MW ground-mounted project in Massachusetts from Seaboard Solar Holdings.



Duke Energy acquires 13MW Colorado PV project from juwi
9 Dec 2016 at 1:15am
Duke Energy Renewables announced Thursday that it has acquired the 13MW Victory Solar Power Project in Adams County, Colorado, from solar developer juwi.




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Yingli Solar reports weak Q3, 2016 results primarily due to decreased PV demand in China
9 Dec 2016 at 7:50am
Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (Baoding, China) known as “Yingli Solar,” on December 8th, 2016 announced its unaudited consolidated financial results for the quarter ended September 30th, 2016. Yingli Solar’s total net revenues were RMB 1,459.6 million (USD 218.9 million), compared to RMB 2,524.1 million in the second quarter of 2016 and RMB 2,233.9 million in the third quarter of 2015.

First Solar, NextEra Energy resources celebrate commissioning of the 250 MW Silver State South solar PV plant
9 Dec 2016 at 7:40am
NextEra Energy Resources, LLC (Juno Beach, Florida, U.S.), the largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and the sun, and First Solar, Inc. (Tempe, AZ, U.S.) on December 8th, 2016 celebrated the commissioning of Silver State South, a 250 megawatt (MWac) solar photovoltaic (PV) plant located in Clark County, Nevada, capable of generating enough clean energy to power approximately 80,000 homes.

Duke Energy Renewables acquires 13 MW solar PV project in Colorado
9 Dec 2016 at 7:24am
Duke Energy Renewables (Charlotte, NC, U.S.) on December 8th, 2016 announced the acquisition of the 13 MW Victory solar power project in Adams County, Colorado, from developer juwi Inc. “Victory is our first solar project in Colorado, where we already have an operating wind energy site,” said Rob Caldwell, president, Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology. “It's the 50th solar project in our growing U.S. renewables footprint, and juwi's high-quality site marks another milestone in expanding our solar presence in the western part of the country.”

APS, AES bring 4 MW of battery-based energy storage to Arizona customers
9 Dec 2016 at 7:19am
Arizona Public Service (APS, Phoenix, Arizona),) is bringing battery-based energy storage to the desert through a 4 megawatt (MW) energy storage agreement with AES Energy Storage which will provide enough storage capacity to power 1,000 homes. The pair of 2-MW AES “Advancion” energy storage arrays will be deployed as part of the APS Solar Partner Program (SPP), and represent AES’ first installation in Arizona. Installation began in November 2016 and the energy storage system is expected to become operational in early 2017.

sPower inks 105 MWac 20-year solar PV PPA with MCE
8 Dec 2016 at 2:41pm
Renewable energy provider sPower (Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.), on December 8th, 2016 announced that it has been awarded a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with MCE, a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program serving Marin County, Napa County and the cities of Benicia, El Cerrito, Lafayette, Richmond, San Pablo and Walnut Creek. The PPA is for 105 MWac of photovoltaic solar power.

EnergyAustralia announces USD 1.5 billion contracts on solar and wind power
8 Dec 2016 at 10:44am
EnergyAustralia (Melbourne) on December 7th, 2016 announced it would sign agreements to buy around 500 megawatts (MW) of power from new wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) projects across eastern Australia. EnergyAustralia Managing Director Catherine Tanna said the foundation contracts, worth an aggregate USD 1.5 billion, would underpin significant investment in new renewable energy developments.

Sunverge introduces advanced AC-coupled energy storage system
8 Dec 2016 at 9:57am
Sunverge Energy (San Francisco, California, U.S.), a provider of intelligent energy storage systems for residences and small businesses, on December 7th, 2016 announced the immediate availability of an AC-coupled model of its energy storage product.

Capital increase: Meyer Burger announces an additional investor
8 Dec 2016 at 9:49am
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (Thun, Switzerland) on December 7th, 2016 announced an additional investor in conjunction with the ordinary capital increase.

SunPower restructuring program: 2,500 global lay-offs; Fab 2 to be closed
8 Dec 2016 at 8:29am
SunPower Corp. (San Jose, California, U.S.) on December 7th, 2016 announced a broad restructuring program. “As we announced in our third quarter 2016 earnings release, given the current market dislocation, we have made the strategic decision to implement a broad restructuring program to position the company for sustained, long term profitability,” said Tom Werner, SunPower president and CEO.

Meridiam closes financing of a second solar PV plant in Senegal
8 Dec 2016 at 8:23am
French investment group Meridiam (Paris) on December 7th, 2016 announced completion of financing for a 30 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project, the second of its kind in Senegal.


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